Food Fraud: Food Chain Smoothies

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Especially with all the buzz about getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet more and more food chains are offering smoothies as an option. Before you go thinking it’s a “better” option, check this out:

That “healthy” berry blend at a smoothie shop can have a whopping 80 grams of sugar, 350 calories or more, little protein, and often no fresh fruit. Fruit “concentrates” are often used instead of fresh fruit. And sorbet, ice cream, and sweeteners can make these no better than a milkshake. Talk about good marketing!

Food Fix:¬†Know your smoothies. Look online to find nutritional info for places you visit often, and have a standard order that you know fits into your diet goals. That way when you are on the run, you don’t get stuck making any snap decisions that “seem like a good idea at the time” (trust me, I’m guilty of that too!)

Or: If you are simply a smoothie lover, skip the trip all together and make them at home. Here’s what I do:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 scoop amazing grass
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (or milk substitute)

All of your fruits can be frozen ahead of time in plastic baggies for convenience. Then I just pour milk into the blender, add the powders, drop in the fruit and blend! You’re only 2 or 3 minutes away from a great healthy smoothie any time you like.

This recipe serves 2: 239 calories, 5.4 g fat, 3.7 g fiber, 32.2 g carbs, 135 mg sodium, and 18.3 g protein


*See other posts about Food Fraud here to find other dishes that are fooling you
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